Naperville City Council Update 05-06-16

At the most recent city council meeting, City Manager Doug Krieger gave an update on the consolidation agreement, saying the revised provision would maintain service levels as is and keep certain staff members on board at the township.

But even after those revisions, which would decrease savings for taxpayers by more than $100,000, the township road commissioner, Stan Wojtasiak, wasn’t ready to sign off, worried about a lack of township support from the public.

The stalemate has left council members frustrated.

“I think this deal should have been done, it should have been done a long time ago and if it’s not going to get done before the next meeting, I think as an elected official, someone from the highway commission should be here to explain their position as to why this isn’t getting done and that were not just hearing stall tactics to protect their turf in the community,” said Councilman Kevin Coyne.

No one from the township was present, but they will hold their own meeting on May 10th to discuss the matter.

Also addressed was the city’s first quarter financial report.

After preliminary calculations on the city’s public safety pension obligations, the annual contribution for 2017 could increase between $700,000 to $4.5 million, money not previously budgeted for.

City staff has had discussions on the plan of action, but no recommendations have been made as of yet.

And a collaboration among the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise, the City and the Burlington Northern Railroad is aiming to give a message of hope through a suicide prevention program.

The Rotary Club will be posting signs at the downtown Naperville train station to help people considering suicide realize they are not alone.

“We conceived of this project because while suicide by train is not the most common form of suicide, it is particularly lethal and excessive form of suicide in our community,” said Caroline Morrison, M.D., Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise.

The signs will be posted beginning May 9 and the Rotary Club is looking to work with the school districts as well.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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